Banner Health's former CFO is named Mayo Clinic's Chief Financial Officer after a national search.
Dahlen joins Mayo Clinic after 11 years as senior vice president of finance and chief financial officer at Banner Health, an integrated health...National News
Conservatives have been clamoring to use the tax plan to nix ACA’s individual mandate after Republicans failed to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.
The Hill reports Republicans have a narrow path to get their tax plan through the Senate. With a 52-seat majority they can only afford to lose two GOP senators and still let...
The four top opioid-prescribing doctors are located in sparsely populated Mohave County.
Mohave County's 200,000 residents are concentrated in Kingman, Lake Havasu City and Bullhead City. It's also a short drive to Las Vegas.
Earlier this year, Governor Ducey declared a public-health emergency seeking to enhance the state's efforts...
She spoke to the plenary session of the National Association of Medicaid Directors (NAMD) Fall Conference in Arlington, Virginia.
Verma unveiled new CMS policies that encourage states to propose innovative Medicaid reforms, reduce federal regulatory burdens, increase efficiency, and promote transparency and accountability. A CMS...Arizona News
New logo unveiled to emphasize Carondelet's evolution and fresh outlook for the future.
The new logo for the local hospital shows two blue hands cupping an orange flame, with “Holy Cross Hospital” in blue lettering and “Carondelet Health Network” in orange below.
The Sisters of St. Joseph of...National News
Not everyone will be happy.
November 2 the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services exposed the final rule implementing the changes. The rule is 1,250 pages long. You may wish to read it here. Thoughtfully included are the names and phone numbers of staff that can be contacted for more information , listed by topic areas.
In this white paper, the third in a series, McKinsey's Center for US Health System Reform explores initiatives state Medicaid programs can initiate to improve care delivery efficiency.
This white paper discusses initiatves in:
Care Delivery & Payment Innovation
Changes to Enrollment, Benefits...
The potential merger between CVS and Aetna could be worth more than $66 billion.
The online retailer Amazon's flirtation with the pharmacy business has been raised as a factor in the merger. But many industry experts say CVS and Aetna have another huge competitor on their minds: UnitedHealth Group. Kaiser Health News quotes Ana Gupte,...
The complaint alleges that Epic refused to adjust its billing software after the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services changed the way hospitals bill for anesthesia, prompting hospitals that use its software to improperly bill Medicare and Medicaid.
The whistleblower in the lawsuit, Geraldine Petrowski, worked as a compliance...
The jury’s verdict in favor of Esmeralda O. Tripp and against the University of Arizona Health Network, now Banner-University Medical Center Tucson, is the largest civil verdict reported in Arizona to date this year.
The Arizona Daily Star reports the 46 year old Tucson woman, now in a persistent vegetative state, presented to the...National News
There is disagreement over what to replace it with.
MedPAC members are concerned that MIPS will not achieve its desired goals. The flexibility of the program, various options for how physicians can report measures and the broad exemptions for certain types of clinicians, has made it complex. There are also statistical challenges that...National News
The bill extends CHIP funding for five years: funded by higher premiums to wealthier Medicare beneficiaries, cutting money from ACA’s public health fund and shortening the grace period for ACA enrollees who fail to make premium payments.
The Hill reports today that the bill would extend CHIP for five years and was combined...Arizona News
The latest Vagus Nerve Stimulation Therapy is designed to prevent seizures before they start and stop them if they take hold.
The new, recently FDA approved implantable generator SenTiva, features a wireless wand that interfaces with a small tablet offering patients with drug-resistant epilepsy a physician-directed customizable...Arizona News
The newly established position is now filled by Karen Stratton, Ph.D., formerly VP for women's and children's services at the University of Chicago Medicine.
Stratton began her new role October 30 as Arizona's largest health system expands its service line, Banner Children's. Her role as a clinician began as a pediatric...Arizona News
Year-over-year (YOY), SHP doubled its earned shared savings and is the only Arizona MSSP ACO to receive a check from CMS for 2016 performance.
With a steady beneficiary pool of around 19,000 YOY, Scottsdale Health Partners generated savings of nearly $19 million, earned nearly $9 million in shared savings and received an overall...
Cash for CHIP ran out when the federal fiscal year ended Sept. 30.
In the interim, the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has used unspent dollars from the just-ended budget year to keep the program alive. Those funds will be depleted by December.
The Hill quoted Trish Riley, the executive director of the...
The new approach aims to streamline the measures hospitals and physician practices must report on, focusing on those most essential to quality of care and improved outcomes.
Healthcare IT News quotes Administrator Seema Verma:
We need to move from fee-for-service to a system that pays for value and quality – but how we define value...Arizona News
The contract to provide health care services to U.S. military members and their families in the western region started April 1, 2013 and officially ends Dec. 31, 2017.
UnitedHealthcare expects to eliminate 381 jobs in Arizona as of Jan. 2.
The Phoenix Business Journal quotes Bruce Jasurda, vice president of communications for...Arizona News
The marketplace is unique in several ways in Pima County.
Local residents should expect lower premium increases and more choice than they had for coverage in 2017.
The enrollment period, which ends at midnight Dec. 15, is half the length of what it was last year, and federal dollars to market it have been slashed. Healthcare.gov is...
Confusion is rampant, with many hurdles to overcome for a successful season.
The New York Times reports the Affordable Care Act has survived blow after blow since President Trump took office in January, including repeated attempts by Congress to repeal it. But as the fifth open enrollment period starts Wednesday, the law is reeling...
Payment reform is critical to building a health care system that results in better accessibility, quality, affordability, empowerment, and innovation.
The Health Care Payment Learning & Action Network (LAN), is a public-private partnership launched in March 2015 to drive adoption and alignment of Alternative Payment Models...
In this white paper, The National Association of ACOs (NAACOS) turns its focus on the challenges facing healthcare organizations participating in the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) program and solutions that better support the program's sustainability.
NAACOS incorporates its findings from a recent survey of MSSP ACOs and it...
Should Arizona brick-and-mortar drugstore chains beware?
Recently, tech-giant Amazon, obtained approval for wholesale pharmacy licenses in 12 different states.
Acquired from public records, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch discovered that the Seattle based company holds wholesale distribution licenses in Arizona and the following...National News
The 365 page rule released Friday is Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2019.
A stated goal is increasing states’ power to administer the Affordable Care Act. A focus on increased flexibility for states has been touted as the Trump administration’s approach to healthcare policy.
Significantly, states will be allowed...Arizona News
Major health care providers come together to ensure consumers take advantage of available marketplace coverage.
This fifth open enrollment for the Healthcare.gov individual marketplace faces hurdles for consumers put in place by the Trump administration. Shortened enrollment period, markedly reduced outreach funding, periods when the...